Author: Darrell

Networking Opportunity for Rural Coloradans, Living with: SCI, MS, CP, ALS, TBI’s and for their families, caretakers, and service providers

Hosted by the Colorado AgrAbility Project Supported by: “Quality of Life” grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation  Purpose: This gathering is an outreach meeting focused on exploring issues and needs that individuals with SCI’s in rural Colorado are experiencing. We will provide an opportunity to discuss what is or isn’t going well in your community and explore how improvements could take place. Please register with Candy Leathers at 720-539-4435, or James Craig at 720-737-3686,  Free lunch provided for all who pre-register. Friday, September 29, 2017– Trinidad, CO., Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect St, Trinidad, CO 81082, Pioneer Room Wednesday, October- 25th 2017– Grand Junction, CO., Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501 Thursday, November 30th 2107- Logan County Extension Office, 508 S 10th Ave #1, Sterling, CO 80751  Each Meeting is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are assistance stipend funds available to cover expenses for participants to travel to workshops, lodging during their stay, childcare or livestock...

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Panasonic Looks To Hire Veterans For Manufacturing Roles At Tesla’s State-Of-The-Art ‘Gigafactory’ In Nevada

By: Hirepurpose, on August 10, 2017, T&P on Facebook Editor’s Note: The following story highlights veterans initiatives at Panasonic. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Panasonic is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here. Panasonic is actively looking to hire veterans to work in the Panasonic battery cell-making operations within Tesla’s newly constructed Gigafactory, located in Sparks, Nevada. The lithium-ion battery cells Panasonic produces in this operation are then integrated by Tesla into high-energy output battery modules to power Tesla model Electric Vehicles. The term Gigafactory comes from “the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh),” according to the company’s own website. Panasonic began battery-cell-making operations at the state-of-the-art Tesla facility in January 2017 and production capacity will expand with demand. The mission of the facility is to achieve the “best performance at the lowest production cost” for lithium ion batteries to power electric vehicles and energy products of the future. To support this growing battery production operation, Panasonic is actively looking for military veterans of all ranks to fill approximately 200 engineering, manufacturing, and facilities positions. The dynamic manufacturing partnership between the two companies will give qualified veterans the chance to start a rewarding career in a field that is expected to expand and change the future of the automobile industry. Panasonic has long been a great place to work for...

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Legion Coin bill passes Senate

On Aug. 3 the U.S. Senate passed S. 1182, The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act before it went on recess. The legislation still needs a vote in the House of Representatives; Legionnaires are encouraged to ask their representatives for co-sponsorship of this important legislation by sending a prepared message here. The U.S. Congress only authorizes the minting of two commemorative coins per year. Unique among U.S. Mint products, the Legion centennial coin will help raise money for important causes, as well as commemorate important aspects of American history and culture. The funds gained from this bill, introduced in June, would support the Legion’s four pillars of service: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism and Children and Youth. National Commander Charles Schmidt issued the following statement after Thursday’s passage of the Legion Coin legislation: “On the behalf of our nation’s American Legionnaires, I extend our sincere thanks to the members of the U.S. Senate, especially Senators Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, Johnny Isakson, and Jon Tester, for the passage of S. 1182 The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. “This bill will authorize the U.S. Mint to produce a commemorative coin celebrating the 100th birthday of The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veteran service organization with more than 2 million members and 13,000 posts across the U.S.. “The American Legion assists veterans and their families access...

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Post renovates home for veteran and his disabled son

By Henry Howard Andrew Smith had a Father’s Day he’ll remember for quite some time, thanks to American Legion Post 171 in Cripple Creek, Colo. The post led an ambitious effort to return Smith, a disabled Marine veteran and single dad of an 8-year-old special needs child, to his home after mold and other problems made it uninhabitable. “The weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders,” said Smith, who had estimated it would take him at least five years to be able to live in his home again. “I bumped into some people with The American Legion, some really good friends. They stepped in and they told me and my kid that we wouldn’t be out of our home for long. And they were right. It’s not even a year later and we are back in our home. It’s humbling to say the least.” The 10-month transformation included completely redoing all of the plumbing and electrical, adding a back deck overlooking the picturesque town, and building a ramp for Laren, who has muscular dystrophy. “You can’t hear the wind through the walls anymore. You can’t hear the wind through the windows anymore,” Smith said. “I used to be in constant fear of my kid falling down and getting hurt on a nail or something. He was always sick with some sort of respiratory infection. I feel...

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Legion testifies on future of the VA Choice Program

American Legion National Legislative Division Assistant Director Jeff Steele testified before the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on June 7 in Washington, D.C., to comment on the Veterans Choice Program and the future of care in the community. “As Congress is now discovering and as The American Legion has previously testified, costs are skyrocketing beyond all budget predictions as the quest to provide ‘choice’ has overtaken common sense governing,” Steele said in his written testimony. “Following the Phoenix (VA) scandal (in 2014), Congress appropriated $10 billion to help VA address any and all veterans who ended up on off-the-books waitlists that schedulers had developed in an attempt to juggle the overwhelming requests they were receiving for VA care. By committing $10 billion to this new procurement vehicle, Congress ignored all of the established contracting control measures used in VA’s other community care programs.” Steele said the Choice Program is a textbook example of how well intended overregulating can turn into troublesome, unintended consequences. Choice instituted third party administrators, additional eligibility criteria, higher and inconsistent reimbursement rates and a disconnected billing authority. “In addition, the Choice Act mandated VA to issue paper Choice cards to every enrolled veteran that were essentially worthless, wasting millions and millions of dollars on designing, procuring and mailing millions of these cards in 90 days or less,” he said. As part of the Choice legislation,...

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